Cologne Leos plan book drive next week

Did you know that in an average income Minnesota neighborhood there are 13 books per child. In a low income neighborhood there is only one book for every 300 children! To help improve this situation, the Cologne Leo Club will be hosting a community wide book drive Sept. 30 through Oct. 5.
The club’s goal is to collect 15,000 new and gently used childrens books, which will be added to all of the books gathered by the other 60+ clubs throughout the Leo’s district, 5M2, during the same week.
Drop off locations include the Cologne Community Center, Kleinbank in Cologne, Cologne Academy, Zion and St. Bernard’s Churches in Cologne. No reference books (dictionaries, encyclopedias, manuals).
On Oct. 8, all of the donated books will be taken to Ziegler Equipment in Mankato.
The company has offered to repack the books, pallet and shrink wrap them before they are ultimately taken to Chicago and sorted according to age and then redistributed through Berniesbookbank.org to children in lower income schools and families. The adult books will be sent to military families and soldiers overseas through Operation Paperback.com.
The Leos will also be doing distribution through local agencies and will be working with the Lions Reading Action Program and start a library in Africa.
For more information, contact Cologne Leo Hilary Wickenhauser at hwick97@gmail.com.

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